September 21, 2021

Avidbots expands Neo’s capabilities with Disinfection Add-On for autonomous sanitation of high-touch surfaces

KITCHENER, ONTARIO, September 21, 2021 — Avidbots, one of the world’s leading robotics companies, announced today the launch of its Disinfection Add-On, expanding the functionality of the company’s fully autonomous floor-scrubbing robot, Neo. With the Disinfection Add-On, customers can now autonomously disinfect high-touch, 3-D surfaces with Neo 2, in addition to floor care, delivering an even more efficient, consistent and measurable clean. 

“The days of having single-purpose robots for specific tasks are behind us. A robot must be multi-functional to meet the ever-evolving needs of customers,” said Pablo Molina, CTO, VP of Product, Chairman and Co-founder, Avidbots. “With the Disinfection Add-On, our customers can disinfect surfaces for a few hundred dollars per month — this is more than 10x savings when compared to having a separate robot or human completing the same task. The Disinfection Add-On truly multiplies the value of the Neo platform. As facilities across the globe reopen and welcome back their employees, customers and visitors, Neo provides disinfection at a low cost to help our customers keep up with the new normal, creating a safe and healthy environment.”

Spraying touch surfaces with a disinfectant is widely used, but not all operators are cleaning properly or consistently. Facility managers are working hard to meet increased cleaning protocols and show proof that facilities are safe, but it can be a significant time commitment to disinfect high-touch surfaces like seating, work surfaces, garbage cans, doors and kiosks, to name a few.  The Disinfection Add-On reallocates labor to value-add activities and, most importantly, creates a healthier and safer environment for customers.

“As we welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus, we are focused on ensuring the safest environment possible. Innovation is the cornerstone of the Rochester Institute of Technology, and we’re always looking for breakthrough technology that can solve our day-to-day challenges,” said Derek Sylvester, Director of Building Environmental Services at Rochester Institute of Technology. “One of the most pressing challenges is not only maintaining a clean campus, but people wanting to see what’s being done to keep them healthy. The visibility of our Neo fleet autonomously disinfecting common area touch points and cleaning floors provides peace of mind. Through Neo and its new sprayer add-on, we know with certainty that we are achieving an effective and consistent clean every time.”

The CDC recommends the daily cleaning of high-touch surfaces to sufficiently remove the virus that causes COVID-19, including the Delta variant, and help maintain a healthy facility. More frequent cleaning of surfaces is encouraged if the space is a high traffic area, which can increase the risk of infection from touching surfaces.

With the new functionality, facilities can more efficiently follow these recommendations, leveraging the latest electrostatic spraying technology and ensuring uniform 3-D coverage of surfaces. This includes hidden and indirectly sprayed ones, for the most complete coverage. Additionally, the sprayer uses less chemical solution compared to traditional methods. This proven approach ensures disinfection chemicals do not dry out in the air before reaching the target, effectively covering and ensuring proper dwell time on high-touch surfaces. 

“At Avidbots, we’re creating the future today, enabling our customers to focus on what they do best today, tomorrow and for years to come,” says Faizan Sheikh, CEO and Co-founder of Avidbots. “We’re proud to release the Disinfection Add-On, expanding our offerings, setting a more robust standard for cleaning and leveraging the significant value of robotics.”

Like Neo, the Disinfection Add-On is powered by the Avidbots Autonomy and takes the guesswork out of disinfection while delivering full autonomy. Neo truly understands its operating environment, avoiding anyone or anything, and takes actions to maximize cleaning and disinfection productivity while minimizing human intervention. At the same time, the Avidbots Command Center provides detailed reporting and performance measurements for monitoring, managing and tracking Neo remotely and in real-time.

Avidbots robotics solutions are used throughout the world in various high-traffic environments such as manufacturing, warehousing, healthcare, education, retail, airports and transit hubs. To learn more about the Disinfection Add-On or to request a demonstration, visit the Avidbots Disinfection Add-On page.

See Avidbots Disinfection Add-On in action.

About Avidbots

Avidbots is a robotics company with a vision to bring robotic solutions into everyday life to increase organizational productivity and to do that better than any other company in the world. Their groundbreaking product, the Neo autonomous floor scrubbing robot, is deployed around the world and trusted by leading facilities and building service companies. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Kitchener, ON, Canada, Avidbots is offering comprehensive service and support to customers on five continents. Avidbots is backed by top global venture capital firms, including True Ventures, Next47, GGV Capital, BDC, Felicis Ventures, Real Ventures, and Golden Ventures.